Cornwall

Collin Brewer: By-election to replace disabled row councillor

Collin Brewer
Image caption Collin Brewer was censured by the authority earlier in July for "grossly offensive" comments

A by-election to replace a Cornwall councillor who resigned after saying disabled children should be "put down" will be held on 5 September.

Collin Brewer, who stood down from the council over his comments in 2011, was re-elected in May.

He was censured by the council earlier in July for other "grossly offensive" comments that apparently linked disabled children to deformed lambs.

Mr Brewer, 68, has not been available for comment.

In 2011, the independent Wadebridge East councillor told a charity worker "disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down".

He apologised after those comments were raised again this February. He resigned, saying his remarks had been intended to stir up debate.

However, he was returned to the council in this year's local elections.

A formal investigation was then started after he told the Disability News Service (DNS) he believed there was a good argument for killing some disabled babies with high support needs because of the cost of providing them with services.

Afterwards, he said he believed in the "sanctity of all life".

Mr Brewer resigned earlier in July.

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